IBM has acquired UrbanCode Inc. a firm that automates the delivery of software to enable businesses to quickly release and update mobile, social, big data and cloud applications.
UrbanCode’s technology is designed to help businesses reduce the cycle time it takes to get updates or new applications into market, from months to minutes. This approach is also designed to reduce cost and risk, while addressing client needs by enabling a company to rapidly incorporate feedback into and improve the overall quality of their applications and services.
The software is a natural extension of IBM’s DevOps strategy, designed to simplify and speed the entire software development and delivery process for businesses. The new capabilities also enhance IBM SmartCloud and IBM MobileFirst initiatives by making it easier and faster for clients to deliver software through those channels.
For example, by combining UrbanCode software with the IBM MobileFirst Worklight technology, businesses can now author and deploy an application for any mobile device in hours, versus a previous multi-day timeline. The solution also works with traditional applications including middleware, databases and business intelligence.
A recent study by the IBM Institute for Business Value found that almost 70% of companies using software development for competitive advantage outperform their peers in profitability. As innovation in software becomes more and more critical to success, businesses look for a collaborative, intuitive and continual approach to development, testing and delivery.
"By removing the bottlenecks that traditionally exist between development teams and production systems, businesses can drive rapid innovation,” said Maciej Zawadzki, chief executive officer, UrbanCode.
IBM plans to continue to support UrbanCode clients and enhance their technologies while allowing these organizations to take advantage of the broader IBM portfolio.